Tag: evaluation

Is Your Search Making You Feel Ill?

Today’s New York Times has an interesting article about a recent research study by Microsoft on the prevalence of Cyberchondria. That’s when searching the internet for your symptoms leads you to believe you’ve got a terrible medical condition. As the article notes: They found that Web searches for things like headache and chest pain were [...]

Evaluating Articles – You Already Know How to Do This!

Evaluating what you read is an important skill you have to demonstrate as a learner. In some courses you may even have to turn in an evaluation of an article as a course assignment. Are you worried about what you’re expected to say? Feel you’ve never evaluated an article before? It’s not that hard. In [...]

The Web’s Getting a Little (mis)Dated

When the web first became a household word in the 1990s, dates weren’t all that important. The web was so new that everything on it must be new, too. Early in the 2000s dates weren’t all that important, either. Old sites looked, well, old fashioned. It was easy to pick out a website that had [...]

Read This Before Clicking FORWARD on that Email!

A recent article from the BBC News stated: “The internet needs a way to help people separate rumour from real science…” I have a strong doubt we will ever achieve an ideal, factual Internet, so in the meantime we’ll need to continue to use critical thought and evaluative skills to ensure the information we come [...]

Is that article really an article?

A lot of learners start their research on the web, perhaps with a search engine such as Google. Type in just about any topic and you’re sure to get hundreds, if not thousands, of results. But how good are those results? With most search results you are taken to a web page full of links, [...]

Checkbox = Peer Review?

Some eagle-eyed First Course learners remarked that PsychARTICLES and the Sage databases don’t have a scholarly articles limiter checkbox. (For some background on this option, see our media piece: What are Peer Reviewed Articles and How Do I Find Them?) The reason that Sage and PsycARTICLES don’t have the checkbox is that their material is [...]

Why would a librarian suggest Wikipedia?

One of the first steps in research is determining what you don’t know, so you can fill those holes with what you find. You start with an idea for a topic, pick your keywords and search strategy, and then begin searching in a database or library catalog. But it isn’t always that smooth a process. [...]

“Written by experts” – Always an interesting phrase. What does it mean?

In a University setting we tend to define expertise according to scholarly credentials, research and publishing experience. To find experts, we can simply go to the library, look for peer reviewed articles, see who cites who and use our subject knowledge to evaluate accordingly. On the wider Internet, however, expertise isn’t so clear-cut. There have [...]

From Blog to Research Article (and novels are good for you)

Whenever I or the other Capella librarians bring up web resources such as blogs, learners will often respond with the question: “How can I use those in my papers? They’re not scholarly sources.” That’s a great question. Blog posts aren’t peer-reviewed journal articles. Many of them are hardly more than a paragraph or two. They [...]

Is the Web Nothing But Google and Wikipedia?

According to Hitwise, Google recently hit a new high in terms of search engine traffic. In May 2008 over 68% of all searches in the United States were done using Google. Yahoo placed a very distant second with just under 20%. Frequent users of Google have probably noticed that at the top of nearly every [...]